I've been bad...

I was doing so well with hauls until this past weekend! I've collected a few tops from here and a few dresses from there for the past two months.... but then this weekend brought upon my downfall. -_-

It all went down in the Chino Hills shopping center off of Grand. How could so many stores be packed into one location?!??? Target, Sam's Club, Walmart, Nordstrom Rack, Marshalls, TJ Maxx, Kohls, Ross, Forever 21, Fashion Q, and the list goes on herehere, and here! You can imagine it takes an entire day to get through the Shoppes, Marketplace, and Towne Center. It's pretty intense. My sister, cousin, and I spent a good 4 hours at Ulta, Walmart, Kohl's, Marshalls, and TJ Maxx alone. I have never been to a better stocked Marshalls or TJ Maxx in my life. Chino Hills knows what's up! I definitely need to hit up Nordstrom Rack next time I go... I'm still dreaming about it... 

Anywho, onto my summer haul!

Guess Bejeweled Flats, $25
I really don't need another pair of black sandals, but I just thought they could make any outfit look dressier! Instant makeover to jeans or a plain dress... I'm still trying to justify in my head... 

Nine West Navy Suede Pumps, $40
The detail along the ankle was such a dainty touch I had never seen before. And the color navy is so easy to match with any outfit! Why not switch out black for navy? 

So White Bangle Sandals, $9
I don't own anything like this. The white offers a fresh color option to any outfit and the bangles can serve as accessories so you can tone down on accessories on top. 

Michael Kors Crossover Sandals, $20 (from $110!!!!!)
This was the major steal of the day!  I remember bugging our stock supervisor at Michael Kors to find these pair of sandals for me, but our MK style stores never carried them. I guess they were a department store exclusive. But it was meant to be because they were in the clearance section at TJ Maxx for only 20 buckaroos! They are pretty crazy with one strap for the big toe, but I was in pure shock finally seeing them in person and couldn't pass the deal up. 

Soprano Maxi in Olive, $24 
I've been searching high and low for a maxi dress with this kind of cut. I love the flowy extra bit over the dress. (I've been living in maxi's if you could tell...)
Leo Meets Virgo Tie Dye Maxi, $20
This jersey material is the perfect throw-on for a lazy day. And for the amount of times I have worn this dress, everyday must be a lazy day. 
Forever 21 Open Back Maxi, $22
I love the vibrant colors on this dress. You can't tell but this dress goes to shin's length in the front and becomes longer in the back. It also has an open split along the upper back. LOVE!

Asos Maxi with Open Lace Backing, $30 (picture of the back)
I saw this dress go on sale from Asos and I had to get it. Look at the backing! Just so pretty. 
Asos Dahlia Collar Tea Dress, $40 (from $110)
You can't see the bow tie, but it's such a cute dress! Here's what it looks like on Asos. Cute with heels or oxford flats. If you guys haven't been on Asos... you need to get it on it... now! Asos > my blog.
Loveappella Strapless Maxi, $40 (from Gilt.com)
I like that it has a tie around the waist and kind of just hangs off the body. Cute alone or with a crop top! 

Love Culture Navy Sheer Button-Down, $24
I liked how the top is elongated along the sides. Can definitely be dressed up or down. Loose and flowy. 
Love Culture Black Sheer Top, $24
I can't say no to anything black and gold. :P
Lauren Conrad Sheer Blush Top, $30 (from $44)
I had never seen any of LC's clothes until this weekend at Kohl's! My sister and I had a blast trying on all of her collections in the fitting room, but I left with only one piece. Her clothing is pretty pricey! There were a lot of other pieces I liked, but couldn't get myself to spend the dough. This piece was the only one where the quality matched the (sale) price and I enjoy the flower details. 
Target White Striped Scarf, $11
You probably can't see it too well hanging on the rack, but it's an acrylic scarf with stripes that add texture and volume. Cute on a chilly summer night with a dress and jean jacket or in fall or winter with colored jackets! 

There were some other tidbits I got from this weekend, but don't know if it's worth posting. Keep in mind I did not get purchase all these items this weekend, but rather collected them since the beginning of summer. But I guess it doesn't matter. I've been a bad girl! No more shopping!!! Must keep telling myself this... No no no no no no no!

August Birch Box 2011!

This month's theme: beauty innovations. 

Let's see what we have here.... 

(from left to right)
Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer - Have yet to try this. I have the Hard Candy Sheer Envy primer that's supposed to do be a dupe to this product. I guess now I can do a real comparison! Too bad I always forget to wear primer... 

Twistband Hair Tie - Honestly... this is just a piece of elastic tied into a knot. It's actually rather gentle on the hair, but you won't find me looking to buy these in this lifetime. I can just get this elastic from one of my grandma's skirts in our Salvation Army pile.  The claims are it gives "a sophisticated makeover - looks good on your wrist as it does in your hair." Hmm... 

Shaveworks Cool Fix - A soothing gel that works for ingrown hairs, bumps, and other shaving side effects. 

June Jacobs Papaya Purifying Enzyme Masque  - A mask infused with natural fruit extracts that work to get rid of dull skin cells along with essential oils and antioxidant-rich tea extracts for an extra boost to the skin. 

Ouidad Climate Control Heat & Humidity Gel - A gel that controls frizz, even in humidity. Not much of a gel user, so maybe I can get my little brother to review this product.

Overall, this month's Birch Box was much more pleasing than the previous month! These are all products I can find some sort of use for. It's fun being able to try new products without feeling guilty knowing you can't go through an entire bottle. I can definitely go through these little guys and be able to make up my mind about whether they're worth investing in or not. I don't think I'm in the market for any of these particular things, but that's the beauty of samples... You never know! :)